Operations – December 1951 to April 1952

The partial cease-fire soon proved one-sided and temporary as the enemy continued to shell and to send out patrols. The Commonwealth artillery was soon authorized to resume normal activities and restrictions on the infantry were gradually lifted as well. The brigade program called for a fighting patrol from each unit as well as for nightly reconnaissance and ambush patrols. The objectives were to obtain information about enemy positions in preparation for raids and to take prisoners. On the night of December 10, 1951, a company of Patricias carried out a raid behind Hill 277, and the RCR sent a 35-man fighting patrol against Hill 166. Both patrols reached their objectives and succeeded in obtaining useful information concerning enemy defences.

Personnel of RCASC operating a wirerless set.  November 1951

In mid-January 1952, the 25th Brigade went into divisional reserve ending four and one-half months in the line. In reserve, the Canadians spent the next seven weeks primarily engaged in establishing defensive positions on the Wyoming and Kansas lines.

On March 9-10, the 25th Brigade moved back into the line in positions astride the Sami-chon River with two battalions (the RCR and PPCLI) west of the valley and one (R22eR) to the east. The coming of spring saw an increase in enemy activity. On the night of March 25 the Chinese launched a strong, well-coordinated raid against Hill 132. The attack fell on a 1st PPCLI platoon which was holding the hill. The surrounded Patricias held their position until the Chinese finally withdrew some two and one-half hours later.

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